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03 May 2015

Pre-Winter Prep: Things You Should Do Before It Gets Cold

Seeing all those brown leaves and twigs fall off from trees as the cold wind blows should tell you something very important: it’s time prepare your home for the winter. There are plenty of tasks on your plate to get not just the house but also the grounds prepped up for the new season. By following the tips listed below you can peacefully drink hot chocolate inside your home while bundled up in a knitted sweater. But if you need a stronger stimulus, just recall the amount of inconvenience you’ve experienced because you didn’t prepare enough for last year’s bitter winter.

Plant for the Next Spring

Some people presume that it isn’t wise to plant few weeks before winter. But the truth is it is the ideal season for overseeding and lawn patching. There is what they called dormant seeding, where the seeds remain undeveloped during the entire winter season and grow nicely as spring approaches. Cold temperatures cause the turf to crack so the seeds get a better contact with the soil. They will be primed by the moisture underneath until the weather starts getting warmer.

Protect Irrigation Systems

Sprinklers, spigots and garden hoses should be drained before snow flies to avoid extensive plumbing issues. They’re going to freeze out there so you should at least cover them with insulated pouches. Bigger objects like a garden hose can be disconnected and stored in a dry place.

Clear the Gutter

Heaps of dried leaves are certainly stuck in the gutter right now. Clearing the gutter is one of the most crucial things to do before and after winter to avoid mildew and decay. The purpose of the gutter is to allow rainwater to flow towards the right direction so if it’s clogged with leaves and other debris, water will simply collect there and attract mosquitoes. If it gets too heavy the gutter might fall off. Repairing or replacing gutters is already costly, not to include the glass or lights they could smash on as they fall.

Fine-Tune the Furnace

Technically speaking, you’ll be leaning a lot on the boiler or furnace this winter so make sure they are in good working condition. It is advised to call a professional to assess the entire heating system in order to get accurate diagnostics and viable solutions. Doing this regularly can extend the lifespan of your heating system and can keep your home safe.

Get a Major Electrical Check-up

Call a licensed electrician who can assess the condition of every electrical wire, socket, circuit breaker, resistor, transformer and virtually everything where electricity travels. You wouldn’t want to encounter an electrical problem in the midst of a storm when it could be difficult to call for help. Apart from that, the electrician can detect problems that may be indiscernible to you.

Weather Strip

Those gaps on the corners of your doors and windows can render your home heating system ineffective. Weather stripping is crucial to prevent the heat from escaping through the small gaps. Do not underestimate their size because they can kick your energy bill to the sky. The stripping can be made of foam, metal, rubber or vinyl. Opt for the material that is suitable for amount of friction that the doors and windows are to experience during the winter season.